Natural Look: What you need to know about facial fillers

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The technology behind cosmetic surgery has come a long way since the collagen injection days of the 1970s. The days of painful under-the-knife procedures for skin tightening, and hiding away for months in some backwater retreat while you heal, are gone. These days, procedures like facial fillers (also known as dermal fillers) have little to no side effects and you can be back on deck in less than 24 hours. Facial filler procedures are performed by cosmetic surgeons like Dr Joseph Ajaka. Experts like Dr Ajaka can ensure facial fillers make a visible, lasting difference to your skin. Some key points about facial fillers are detailed below.

How Do Facial Fillers Work?

One of the biggest reasons ageing skin looks the way it does is the loss of elasticity. It’s this reduced volume that causes lines, wrinkles, and the saggy effect so many know about (but wish they didn’t). Facial fillers are specifically formulated to give plumpness back to your skin. The filler is usually some formulation containing hyaluronic acid, which already occurs in your body so it is a natural compound. This is injected into various targeted areas, often focussing in on the lips, nose, chin, and jawline. The injected compound plumps out the skin and also attracts water to the area for hydration and maintenance of the fresher skin look. Facial fillers can make a big difference to fine lines, as well as folds and flaps of baggy skin. The treatment also decreases the visibility of scar tissue. Contrary to popular belief, facial fillers do not loosen the facial muscles; all those television shows where women receive collagen injections and can’t smile for days are not accurate, so rest assured that if you do choose facial fillers to augment your look, you will be able to laugh and smile as usual.

Does It Hurt?

Facial filler treatment is performed after the application of anaesthetic cream. In some cases, an injection of anaesthetic is used instead. So the short answer is yes, there is some pain, which is managed with the anaesthetic. A facial filler procedure is certainly less painful than going under the knife. There are also a few side effects, including some redness and swelling which usually resolves itself in under 24 hours.

How Long Does A Facial Filler Treatment Last?

There is no set period because everyone’s skin is different – as is their lifestyle and the way they treat their skin. The area treated with facial fillers, the type of facial filler used in the procedure, and the technique used all make a difference to how long the treatment lasts. However, the results of facial filler treatments can generally be expected to last around 12 months. The more treatments you have over time, the longer they tend to last.

Facial fillers are a non-surgical way to improve the look of your skin and make a difference to your overall physical appearance. They are a particularly good treatment for minimising fine lines, wrinkles, skin creases, and fleshy folds. While not entirely pain-free, the pain is easily managed and preferable to that encountered via a full surgical procedure. The other attraction of facial fillers is the low recovery time.

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Sarah Pinkerton

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